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Mark Lapine Endowment for Families in Business presents conversation with Governor Dannel Malloy

image020 Connecticut Governor, Dannel Malloy, to speak on family-owned and small businesses’ impact on the Connecticut economy

The Mark Lapine Endowment for Families in Business, a foundation committed to providing resources for families in business in Stamford and Fairfield County, in partnership with First County Bank and University of New Haven’s Center for Family Business, announced today that it will be hosting an event with Governor Dannel Malloy at 8:30am on October 7, 2015 at the Italian Center of Stamford.

The Mark Lapine Endowment for Families in Business is excited to host The Connecticut Economy & Its Impact on Small & Family Businesses: A Conversation with Gov. Dannel Malloy. Malloy will speak to a group of local business owners on his view on the impact that small and family-owned businesses make to the Connecticut economy. In addition, there will be an opportunity to participate in a question and answer session.

“We are so fortunate to have Governor Malloy take the time to visit with us to discuss the climate of family business in Connecticut,” said Mark Lapine, chairman of the board of Lapine. “In addition, we have Harriet Jones of WNPR to lead what will surely be an insightful discussion and truly unique experience for the small business owners of Fairfield County.”

The event will be moderated by Harriet Jones of WNPR. Jones has covered a wide array of topics unique to Connecticut since joining the WNPR team in 2000, and also offers an international perspective from her time at the BBC.

The Mark Lapine Endowment for Families in Business is looking forward to its third major event and providing the unique opportunity for business owners of Fairfield County to meet and speak with the governor. Founded in 2013 as a partnership between Lapine, Inc., First County Bank and the University of New Haven Center for Family Business, the goal of the Mark Lapine Endowment for Families in Business is to provide small and family-owned businesses with the information and resources that address the unique needs of such businesses and to help them flourish.

The event is free to attend, but space is limited. If you are interested in attending, please contact (203) 353-6917 or

About University of New Haven Center for Family Business
image021The Center for Family Business at the University of New Haven is made up of family businesses from throughout Connecticut. The center offers programs and services designed to address issues unique to family enterprises. The mission of the Center for Family Business at UNH is to foster the health and continuity of family businesses by providing a variety of educational and informational services to family business owners and their advisors. They seek to balance the well-being of the business, the family and the individuals involved, to provide opportunities for their members to develop business and advisory relationships with each other, and to strengthen the economic base of Connecticut.

About Lapine
image018Lapine is an award-winning brand performance agency headquartered in Stamford, Conn. Founded in 1962 by David S. Lapine, Lapine is a family-owned business and one of the fastest-growing merchandise agencies in the U.S. Lapine’s expertise includes consumer and shopper insights, brand name and promotional merchandise, custom product development and sourcing, digital services, represented sales, distribution and fulfillment services and print, packaging and shelf design work. Lapine serves customers around the globe, including some of the biggest names in the Fortune 500. For additional information, please visit

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